Saudi Arabia’s Renard disappointed despite three points
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia national team head coach Herve Renard was disappointed with his side’s performance despite their 1-0 victory against Oman in Group B of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar on Thursday.
The Saudis owed their win to forward Firas Al Brikan who scored the only goal on the night at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium to steer his side to their sixth victory in the group.
The result left Saudi Arabia firmly in the driver’s seat in Group A on 19 points, four ahead of Japan with Australia a further one adrift with three matches remaining.
Moriyasu praises defensive duo as Japan inch closer to FIFA World Cup
Saitama: Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu praised central defensive pairing Shogo Taniguchi and Ko Itakura as the Samurai Blue eased to a 2-0 win over China PR at the Saitama Stadium 2002 in their Group B clash in the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar on Thursday to move a step closer to qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The duo stepped in to replaced Maya Yoshida and Takehiro Tomiyasu after injury sidelined the regular starting pair and provided a solid foundation for the Japanese as goals from Yuya Osako and Junya Ito earned the hosts a fourth consecutive win.
Meulesteen lauds Australia as Socceroos return to winning ways
Melbourne: Australia assistant coach Rene Meulensteen was full of praise for his side after the Socceroos stormed to a 4-0 victory over Vietnam on Matchday Seven of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Thursday.
The Dutchman, who led the team as head coach Graham Arnold was sidelined with COVID-19, saw his side end a three-game winless run as Australia kept the pressure on Group B pacesetters Saudi Arabia and second-placed Japan in their quest to reach a fifth successive FIFA World Cup.
Jamie Maclaren broke the deadlock for a dominant Australia on the 30-minute mark and the impressive Tom Rogic added a second on the stroke of half-time, before substitutes Craig Goodwin and Riley McGree rounded off an excellent team performance with goals in the final 20 minutes.
Saida: Korea Republic coach Paulo Bento was delighted his team overcame challenging conditions to notch up a 1-0 win in Group A of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar over Lebanon that has taken them to the verge of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Cho Gue-sung scored the only goal of the game in first half injury time to move the Koreans onto 17 points from seven matches and a win over Syria in Dubai on Tuesday will see the Taeguk Warriors advance to a record-extending 10th successive FIFA World Cup Finals.
Mai: Vietnam showed a lot of heart against Myanmar
Navi Mumbai: Head coach Mai Duc Chung paid tribute to Vietnam’s courage following their 2-2 draw with Myanmar which secured their slot in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ quarter-finals on Thursday.
Vietnam had to come back twice through Nguyen Thị Tuyet Dung and Huynh Nhu to cancel out strikes from Myanmar’s Win Theingi Tun and Khin Marlar Tun at the D.Y. Patil Stadium as they pipped their Southeast Asian rivals to a place in the knockout stage.
Vietnam advanced as one of the two best third-placed teams and will play eight-time champions China PR in the quarter-finals on Sunday.
Philippines keep raising the ceiling and expectations, says Stajcic
Pune: The Philippines are aiming for more after advancing to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ knockout stage after finishing as Group B runners-up on Thursday.
The Malditas took a two-goal lead against Indonesia in the first half, before flexing their muscles in the second half with four more goals to finish their group stage campaign on six points, three behind leaders Australia.
Mumbai: Thailand lost on the night but won a place in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ knockout stage following their 2-1 defeat to Australia at Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday.
Results elsewhere in the competition meant that Chaba Kaew simply had to avoid a heavy defeat to advance to the last eight as one of the two best third-placed teams, and they never looked in danger of being eliminated in an impressive defensive display against the tournament’s highest-scoring side.
Goals from Emily van Egmond and Sam Kerr gave Australia all three points, but Thailand had their own moment of joy when Nipawan Panyosuk scored a stunning 93rd-minute consolation to send Miyo Okamoto’s side to the quarter-finals on a high note.